Simply Jessica Marie

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The 2 Best Online Courses for Facebook Ads and Instagram Strategy

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Ohhhhh Facebook and Instagram. I have an interesting relationship with these darling platforms. Instagram has always been my best friend. It comes naturally to me, I love brainstorming strategies that are natural yet effective, and it is hands down my biggest referrer for my business. 

Facebook on the other hand is a bit of a confusing beast. In full transparency, I have lately just been sending my Insta posts to my business Facebook page, and using that platform mostly to engage in a handful of local networking groups and stationery communities. I understand the incredible power of Facebook ads, but for the longest time I just simply didn't understand how to use Facebook ads

The 2 best online courses for Facebook Ads and Instagram strategy

While Facebook is confusing for me, and Instagram comes naturally, I know the opposite flip side is true for many people! Or, maybe both platforms are equally confusing! That's why I would love to share my two favorite online courses for Facebook Ads and Instagram strategy with y'all today. To help take all of the guesswork and stress out of social media, and to help you see real results from using these platforms!

PS - I've got two exclusive discount codes for each course that I'm sharing below!

Social Leads Facebook Ads Course by Sarah Evans

Social Leads Facebook & Instagram Ads Course

DISCOUNT CODE: JESSICA FOR $50 OFF

discount code is valid through March 3, 2017, and applies to both
full payments and payment plan options!

Before taking Sarah's Social Leads Trial Course, I had searched through blog posts and short tutorials to try to make sense of the overwhelming yet truly valuable world of Facebook Ads. I attempted to take what I learned to create a couple of ads for both my online shop and my custom wedding stationery business, but each ad fell short with little to no results and lots of time and money wasted.

It wasn't until I took the time to invest in fully understanding the ins-and-outs of Facebook Ads and my Power Editor through Sarah's course that I realized how I could use them to make a real impact in my business!

I now have a handful of Facebook Ads prepared to launch to attract new clients to my newsletter for future course, product, and service launches; have pixels in place to capture potential leads for my online art school; and most importantly feel confident and in control of how my ads will directly impact my sales. 

When is the course, and when is enrollment live? The course enrollment is open now! It lasts until March 3, and the course will begin after that!

Who is this course for? Sarah made this course specifically for wedding professionals. So, if you are a photographer, wedding planner, videographer, DJ, venue, baker, caterer, or another wedding professional, this course is for you!

What do you receive? There are 9 video modules, a number of resources and a Facebook group for support any questions you may have. When running your Facebook + Instagram Ads, questions will come up. Sarah will be there in the course Facebook group to help you along the way. 

How long do you have access? You will have lifetime access to all of the course material!

Are there payment plans? There are! You can either pay $299 today or $119 over the next three months.

There is a money back guarantee.

Takeaways from Social Leads:
• The ins + outs of your Ads Manager
• Everything you need to know about the Facebook Pixel
• How to setup up a Facebook Campaign from start to finish
• How to use Standard Events and Custom Conversions to optimize your return on
investment
• What Custom Audiences are and how to leverage them to lower the cost of leads
for your business
• Why email marketing is important and secrets for creating leads from new website
visitors
• The process of creating a solid sales funnel, landing page anatomy, and how to
properly refine your processes
• How to use Facebook + Instagram ads strategically

The Action Classes by Megan Martin | Live Instagram Summit

THE ACTION CLASSES | LIVE INSTAGRAM SUMMIT

DISCOUNT CODE: JESSICA FOR $15 OFF

discount code is valid through March 7, 2017

My sweet friend Megan Martin is one of the most authentic (like....actually authentic, I'm not just using that word!) yet strategic Insta ladies I know. She is launching her Action Classes oh so soon, and is kicking them off with a live online Instagram Summit in just a couple weeks.

Megan has gathered ten amazing speakers to talk about using Instagram from every angle to effectively market your creative business and generate leads and sales from Styling & Shooting to create better images, Help with Copy, Finding Your Ideal Client, Using Insta Ads & Stories strategically, and a whole lot more! 

The wonderfully talented speakers include Kat Schmoyer, Shay Cochrane, Tyler McCall, Lauren Carnes, Alisha Johns, Meredith Staggers, Reina Pomeroy, Maghon Taylor, Sarah Evans (yup - the lady leading the Social Leads course!), and Jeff and Erin Youngren.

What are the details of the Summit?

  • Live online workshop
  • You will have access to the recordings! 
  • March 5-7, 2017
  • 11 speakers covering The 101, Finding Your Ideal Client, Shop Talk, Creating Compelling Images, Using IG Stories & Ads, Monetizing the Platform, Getting Real & a whole lot more! 

And don't worry, you will get access to the recordings if you can't make it live! But you must grab your spot before March 7th to tap into our amazing lineup of speakers and content! 

I hope y'all find these two resources to be incredibly useful!! I cannot wait to hear what you think and how the Social Leads course and Instagram summit directly impact your business. I have personally gone through the Social Leads course, and will be attending the summit live alongside y'all. So if you have any questions at all - feel free to let me know and I am happy to help!


This blog post contains affiliate links and codes. I will receive a small percentage of the sales made with my unique discount code. However - please note that I wholeheartedly believe in each of these educational resources, and would still share them with y'all even without an affiliate association!


How to Use Styled Stock Photography with Stationery Tutorial

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Are you a stationery designer and are unsure of how to easily and professionally display your designs on stock images? If so, I have a fun treat for you today! 

How to use styled stock photography to showcase stationery designs | Styled stock photography tutorial by Simply Jessica Marie for SC Stockshop

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I've partnered with my sweet friends at the SC Stockshop to create a tutorial detailing how to use styled stock photography to showcase your custom stationery designs. Shay's beautiful desktop images are my absolute favorites to use when displaying my designs. She has such an incredible variety of colors and styles to uniquely fit your brand!

In this tutorial, I show you my step-by-step process of how I use SC Stockshop styled desktop photos to display my stationery designs on my Instagram, in my shop, in my portfolio, and on my blog.

I cover frequently asked questions from what file size and dimensions to use, how to layer and arrange stationery and envelopes to make them look natural, how to add drop shadows to your designs to make them look realistic and blend in seamlessly with the styled stock image, how to save your designs for web, and more.

How to use styled stock photography to showcase stationery designs | Styled stock photography tutorial by Simply Jessica Marie for SC Stockshop

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This darling photo showcasing custom thank you stationery paired with an envelope topped with address printing is the final product of the tutorial! I cannot wait to see what beautiful designs you choose to showcase after following along with the tips in this video!

I hope this tutorial is helpful for y'all! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!


Please note: There are affiliate links in this blog post. However, I would still share this same post and recommend the SC Stockshop without being an affiliate - I truly believe in the business-changing power of her images!


Romantic Anthropologie Inspired Wedding Featured on 100 Layer Cake

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Wedding details are often inspired by both your love story, your personalities, and your interests. I always love asking my couples where they love to shop - both for clothes and for their home - because it gives such a great insight into their personal style and design aesthetic.

This styled shoot for the Amy and Jordan Workshop was inspired by a preppy Anthropologie aesthetic, and all of us had such a fun time bringing that vision to life! My mind immediately leapt to Gossip Girl reading the Anthro catalogue, and I couldn't pick up my paintbrush quickly enough to start this design.

Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful styled shoot, 100 Layer Cake! I know we are all so excited to be able to share these gorgeous photos!

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Everything from the juxtaposition of soft yet wild horses paired with loose flowing lavender branches next to classic hydrangeas and garden roses, to the cool textured velvet blush ribbon topped with a crisp and traditional copper wax seal made for the perfect blend of these two aesthetics. 

I even not so subtly snuck in some Gossip Girl references - from the guest name "Van Der Woodsen" on the invitation envelope to "Parsons" as a hint to Parsons School of Design that Jenny attended. Kayla from Some Like it Classic and I had such a fun time brainstorming design ideas for this suite!

How gorgeous is this bright white venue? It's Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it officially has my heart! It was the perfect setting for this delectable pre-dinner cocktail hour. 

I fell in love with these acrylic bar cart accessories from the Oh Joy for Target collection, and immediately knew I wanted to calligraph some fun witty phrases on them! They were perfect for shaking up the couple's signature cocktail, lavender vodka lemonade. How fresh does that sound? Perfect for the Arizona heat!

PS - those coasters? I may have ordered a few extras to keep in my office because they're just too darn cute ;) 

Dinner was then served in the most incredibly beautiful, serene sea of lavender velvet with bold pops of purple and copper. I cannot stop swooning over those floral arrangements by Noir Floral and the rose gold glassware from BHLDN!

Notes from the team… Our stunning bride, Gabrielle, was glowing with upswept hair and natural makeup by Megan Dehann, and so ethereal in a BHLDN gown. This dress, which is the most delicate shade of ivory, was a perfect complement to the beautiful to rich colors in the bouquet. We chose soft garden roses, ranunculus, and anemones and to pop against the velvet rose linens and modern copper chairs. Overall, we created a light and airy look with a sense of subtle sophistication.

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And of course, after dinner you must have dessert! But why stop at a cake - even one as gorgeous as this copper foiled three-tiered beauty? 

My favorite detail of this entire shoot may have been the beautiful little watercolor floral heart-shaped cookies that were inspired by the pattern I painted for the invitation suite. What a fun way to literally carry the design details throughout your wedding day! Ruze Cake House, you are creative geniuses! Currently wishing I had a few of your tasty and beautiful cookies on this Valentine's Day!

The designs for the Amy and Jordan Workshop were such a fun artistic challenge, and I am so thankful to have been a part of this dreamy shoot! Thank you to all of the amazingly talented vendors who participated! 

Photographer: Amy & Jordan / Location: Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, AZ / Design: Some Like It Classic / Floral: Noir Floral / Hair & Makeup: Megan Dehann / Desserts: Ruze Cake House / Stationery & Bar Rentals: Simply Jessica Marie / Copper Chairs, Bar Cart, & Linen: Petal Pusher / Lounge Furniture: Prim Rentals /  Dishes & Glassware: Anthropologie / Dress: BHLDN / Men’s Clothing: Magro Clothing


I would love to get to know more about you, your love story, personality, and your design interests! If you are interested in beginning your custom wedding stationery design process with me, I would love to hear more about you, your sweetie, and your wedding! Please complete the Custom Design Questionnaire on this page, and I will be in touch shortly after reviewing your responses. I can't wait to get to know you two better soon, and create beautiful heirloom wedding stationery for y'all to cherish for years to come!


Last Chance Pieces in the SJM Shop!

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I'm refocusing my vision for the SJM Shop for 2017, and am excited to announce some new product ideas and designs later this Spring/Summer! In the meantime, I am sifting through my current shop listings and have made some changes to the shop.

Simply Jessica Marie SJM Shop Watercolor Art Prints

photo by the SC Stockshop

I have created a category in the shop called Last Chance! - which is full of pieces that will only be available through this Friday, February 10! After Friday at midnight, the pieces will disappear from the SJM Shop for good, in order to make room for the new products that will be coming later this year.

Interested in getting an exclusive hint at what products I'll be adding? Sign up for the SJM Newsletter to be the first to know what I'm designing next. I'll be sending an email this evening to give y'all a glimpse into my ideas book!


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!

Classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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Whenever I sip a cosmopolitan, I immediately channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw! There is something about this fun and flirty cocktail that makes evenings more exciting, wouldn't you agree? The sweet flavor and pop of pink make it the perfect cocktail for love-filled holidays like Valentine's Day, or for any Friday night out with the girls!

Classic Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe | Cosmopolitan watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

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CLASSIC COSMOPOLITAN COCKTAIL RECIPE

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice cocktail
  • 3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce of triple sec
  • ice
  • an orange twist for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, triple sec, and ice in your cocktail shaker. 
  2. Cover the shaker, and shake vigorously until you feel your shaker becoming cold (recommended time is 20 seconds).
  3. Strain the contents of the shaker into your martini glass.
  4. Garnish with your orange twist, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Classic Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe | Cosmopolitan watercolor art print by Simply Jessica Marie | SC Stockshop

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If you love making the ordinary days a bit more extraordinary like I do, why not bring a little bit of it into your home decor?

I have officially decided to release an art print from the 2017 Cocktail Calendar each month, featuring the cocktail coordinating with that month from the calendar! The art prints will debut during the first week of each month, making it the perfect way to toast to the start of the month!

This Cosmopolitan watercolor cocktail art print would be the perfect addition to your kitchen or bar cart, darling! It will be right at home next to your oh-so-gorg champagne flutes and collection of gold foil coasters. These art prints are available in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes, perfect for apartments and homes alike.


Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links for the SC Stockshop. I absolutely adore using Shay's amazing styled stock images to enhance my brand aesthetic, and would 100% still do so without affiliate links!